Croton paniculatus Lam.
Echinus trisulcus Lour.
Lasipania tricuspis Raf.
Mallotus albus (Roxb. ex Jack) Müll.Arg.
Mallotus cochinchinensis Lour.
Mappa cochinchinensis Spreng.
Rottlera alba Roxb.
Rottlera paniculata (Lam.) Blume
Trewia tricuspidata Willd.
Tree growing in southern Japan
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Mallotus paniculatus is a fast-growing shrub or small tree growing up to 15 metres tall. The bole can be unbranched for up to 4 metres and around 24cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use, fibre and timber[
E. Asia - China, India, through southeast Asia to Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Deciduous and evergreen forest, mostly in open, often very disturbed or burned places; ravines and dry sites like plateaus, ridges and slopes, in thickets, and along rivers and roadsides; on a large variety of soils from sea level to 1,800 metres[
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A plant mainly of mainly lowland areas in the tropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,800 metres.
Found in the wild on a wide range of soils, including basalt, clay, granite, laterite, limestone, loam, rocky, sandy, ultrabasic, and volcanic[
The plant flowers and fruits all year round[
The plant is usually dioecious, though monoecious forms occur[
]. Usually, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
The roots are boiled and drunk after child birth[
The leaves are used against fever[
]. The indumentum of the young leaves is applied on the penis after circumcision[
The bark is rich in tannins[
The bark is a source of fibre[
]. It is used for construction, making strings, and to make a coarse cloth from which men’s jackets were made[
The wood is very light[
]. It is used for making matches, packing cases, paper pulp, wallboard, light construction[
The wood is used for fuel[
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